When’s the book out?

What Falls Between The Cracks is out in hardback in the UK, and e-book, on 19th April 2018, plus paperback later that year (targeted for August 2018)

Where do you get your ideas from?

There’s no one quick answer. It can be something I see on in the news, a webpage with an interesting article, a conversation I overhear in a cafe. Anything that makes me ask “What if…” opens up a world of possibilities. The idea for What Falls Between The Cracks stemmed from a conversation I had a few years back about what makes the perfect crime. That made me think, what if something happened that nobody reported, and why would they not report it? If no-one knew something has happened, there’d be no investigation, nobody held accountable. From that, the idea of a crime scene, decades old, was born, and that’s where the story kicks off.

What advice can you give about how to get published?

First thing I’d say is finish your book before you try and market it. If your budget can stretch to it, I’d recommend finding a good editor, and polishing it as best you can before you release it into the world, regardless if whether you’re going down the traditional route via an Agent, or self-publishing. It made such a difference for me, to a manuscript I thought was ready, and some of the tips and advice I was given, has been put to use in the next in the Porter & Styles series already. My personal preference was to go via an Agent, and I submitted to a number at the same time, after researching which were the best for my genre. I’d set myself a deadline though, and if I hadn’t been successful via the traditional route by the end of 2017, I had planned to explore self-publishing. Whichever way you go, be prepared for rejection, as almost all writers have experienced their fair share. Don’t let that put you off though. Take all feedback you can get your hands on, and above all, keep writing!

Will you come and talk at our event, library, book club, etc.?

I’ll happily talk about books, writing, and a thousand other random subjects wherever time and other commitments allow. If you’d like to make a request, drop an email to info@robertscragg.com with the details, and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

When you’re not writing, what’s on your own to-be-read pile?

Around 90% of books I read are crime or psychological thrillers, although I’m trying to broaden my horizons with at least one non-fiction book every month. 

How can I get signed copies of your books?

Drop an email to info@robertscragg.com and we can discuss what you’d like.